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JOB DESCRIPTION: Director of Government Affairs

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization advancing reason, science, and secular values in public affairs. CFI maintains a headquarters in Amherst, NY, and an executive office in Washington, D.C., which houses its Director of Government Affairs.

CFI’s Washington, D.C. office advocates to protect First Amendment principles of church-state separation and freedom of inquiry, to promote the rights of atheists and other nonbelievers, and to advance the role of empirical evidence in policymaking. CFI’s Washington, D.C. office also operates an emergency relief fund to help endangered secularist writers, publishers, and activists around the world.

As head of the organization’s lobbying program, the Director of Government Affairs will lead these Washington, D.C. efforts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor legislative activities, proposed regulations, and other developments in Congress, various federal agencies, and state legislatures;
  • Develop and execute overall domestic advocacy strategies to create high impact;
  • Lobby key officials and staff in Congress, various federal agencies, including the State Department and Food and Drug Administration, and work with local grassroots activists at the state level;
  • Write and disseminate policy alerts and statements, and keep CFI’s websites updated;
  • Draft and deliver speeches on behalf of CFI at events;
  • Develop, support, and manage teams of volunteer grassroots activists across the U.S.;
  • Manage organization’s international emergency relief program called Secular Rescue, vetting applications, gauging levels of concern, and coordinating proper responses;
  • Work with other nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, and coalitions to foster collaborative action;
  • Speak with the press regarding public policy issues;
  • Write internal reports and media posts regarding the department’s work;
  • Assist fundraising campaigns and speak directly with CFI audiences, including donors.

The desired candidate will have the ability to analyze complex policy issues, communicate concisely and persuasively in person and in writing, and exercise sound judgment in interacting with policymakers. The candidate will be well organized, able to work autonomously in a leadership position, handle multiple tasks at once, and meet deadlines. The candidate will have strong computer skills.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in political science, government, public policy, communications, or a related field (an advanced degree is preferable), and at least three years of experience in advocacy on Capitol Hill or in some related capacity.

No telecommuters, contract lobbyists, or freelancers need apply.

Compensation: Salary range is $45k-$60k depending on experience. In addition to salary, CFI offers generous fringe benefits, including health insurance, sick and vacation leave, and a retirement plan.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to careers@centerforinquiry.net. Also, please know that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Deadline for Application: July 31, 2017

CFI is an equal opportunity employer.